South Lake Tahoe Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration will collect unwanted prescription drugs Saturday at Safeway.
Police are offering the collection as a way to prevent pill abuse and theft by helping the public rid their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs, according to a press release. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
The effort is part of the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010, which amends the Controlled Substances Act to allow an “ultimate user” of controlled substance medications to dispose of them by delivering them to entities authorized by the Attorney General to accept them. The act also allows the Attorney General to authorize long-term care facilities to dispose of their residents’ controlled substances in certain instances. DEA is drafting regulations to implement the Act. Until new regulations are in place, local law enforcement agencies and the DEA will continue to hold prescription drug take-back events every few months, the release stated.
The collection will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. outside Safeway, 1020 Johnson Blvd.